America, Europe-Style

Going to a foreign country you should expect culture shock and should embrace culture shock. It’s a learning process! There are different foods, you are with new people, engaging in new customs, potentially speaking a new language, the whole deal. Nonetheless, my study abroad experience in Ireland has not included any cultural panic attacks where […]

Getting Settled In

It has officially been over a week since I have arrived in London. I begin my first day of class (“modules”, as they are referred to in the UK) tomorrow morning, and I can, without a doubt, say that deciding to take this trip is by far the greatest decision of my life thus far. […]

Get to know the API family – Interview with Dr. Linda Angell (AUS)

From time to time we like to shine a light on members of the extended “API family” – including partners at U.S. and international universities. In this edition of the API partner profile series we speak with Dr. Linda Angell, Director of International Exchange Programs at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) in the United Arab […]

Redrawing Your Path

The one thing you will never accurately read on a study abroad blog is a testimonial about how easy it is. The choice to pick yourself up and find a second home in a foreign environment is akin to pulling a seedling plant from the soil and placing it in a rockier part of a […]

Finding A New “Normal” In Spain

I began planning a semester abroad during the fall of my freshman year. I coordinated with advisers for both of my majors, on-campus organizations and housing to make sure nothing was going to affect my ability to get to Spain. I’ve been talking about this semester for over a year- telling friends and family, planning […]

Beating the Study Abroad Blues

When you decide to study abroad, you will be faced with many orientations designed to prepare you for the inevitability of culture shock and homesickness. One of the most helpful parts of the orientations was this graph, which helps give a visual for the stages of culture shock you will encounter during your time abroad: […]

Culture Shock is Real

Students who travel abroad generally have an orientation before departure, usually through an online package provided by the study abroad program, and one right after arrival, usually in a classroom setting in the host country. In these orientations the first thing that the student is bound to hear concerns culture shock. Culture shock is the […]

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